Luxury housing scheme benefits young and old!

A luxury housing complex in Derby is set to bring lasting benefits to both younger and older members of the local community.

Greenwich Gardens Extra Care scheme in Greenwich Road North in Mackworth has been developed by leading housing and care provider, Sanctuary Group. The £12million project, funded by Sanctuary, Derby City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), was completed in the spring and was officially opened by the Mayor of Derby last week (Wednesday 17 July).

The 98 one and two bedroom apartments incorporate an onsite restaurant, coffee bar, lounge, health suite and cinema room, and have been designed for people over the age of 55 to either rent or buy through shared ownership. The scheme is run by Sanctuary Care, who offer a 24 hour on site care team as well as a 24 hour emergency response service.

While the combination of these facilities and care services allow older residents to enjoy an independent life-style, younger people from the Derby area have also benefited from the scheme, with four young apprentices given the opportunity to learn new skills as the complex was built.

The design of the development also achieves a balance – it is architecturally pleasing with a distinctive atrium glass ceiling as its central feature, and yet the solar panels installed on the building offer maximum energy efficiency.

Andrew White, director of development – commercial with Sanctuary Group, said:

“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Derby, Cllr Fareed Hussain, to Mackworth to help us celebrate the official opening of Greenwich Gardens. Our aim was to provide much-needed quality homes for Derby’s older residents and the completion of these 98 apartments has not only achieved this objective, but has also given four young people an invaluable opportunity to learn bricklaying and joinery, skills which we hope will help them secure employment in the future.”

The Mayor was joined at the official opening by other local councillors, representatives from Sanctuary Group and the contractors, as well as by the residents themselves, who all enjoyed refreshments, entertainment from a local guitarist and the chance to try their hand at pottery painting.

Councillor Mark Tittley, Cabinet member for Adults and Health, said:

“This development has delivered all that it promised, and is already providing our older residents the opportunity to live in high comfort in a supportive environment. It is fantastic to see them settling so well into their new homes, enjoying their independence and the wide range of facilities available.”